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CORN TALK December/January 2018

A publication for North Dakota corn producers

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Carson Klosterman President North Dakota Corn Growers Association

Congratulations on completing another harvest in the North country. If you were like me, you had a good run with harvest in September – October and then caught a stretch of tough weather conditions. But as always, we are “North Dakota Tough” and were able to find the finish line.

the 2014 Farm Bill which expires on September 30, 2018. Therefore, the 2018 Farm Bill work is ramping up. We are working with NCGA and other commodity groups to study the various proposals. Based on our membership surveys this past year we're working on the following priorities: • Maintain the crop insurance program without cuts • Continue to tell the positive story of NAFTA and farm commodities, request other trade deals to be completed, and request that the Market Access and Foreign Market Development trade programs be maintained or enhanced • Fix portions of the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program by moving to Risk Management Agency (RMA) yield data and giving local authority to correct disparate yields. Allow for a new election of programs – ARC or PLC for 2019 and subsequent years of the bill

Overall, the 2017 corn crop is above average across the state. The recent corn yield forecasted by NASS was 134 bushels an acre - the 2nd highest yield on record. With 3.2 million acres harvested for grain, production will total 430 million bushels in 2017. Last year’s corn crop had a record yield of 158 bushels an acre and 517 million bushels. As always, we are hoping for an upswing in corn and other commodity prices as we move into 2018.

• Revise the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to be a targeted program with a review of rental rates to ensure they do not outpace average cash rent in the area

Priorities for the North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) involve working on policy at the state and federal levels. Congress has a lot of irons in the fire that we are reviewing along with others in the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) organization. Some of the top issues forthcoming are as follows:

• Rewrite the regulations on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)

Tax policy: We have work through NCGA to study the tax reform package to ensure ag is taken care of. The tax reform was just recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. NCGA commissioned a study by KCOE-ISOM which indicated the tax plan is "generally positive for corn farmers." We will continue to monitor implementation of the bill. Farm policy: It's hard to believe we are in the final year of

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• Ask for finalization of wetland determinations to allow landowners to make sound financial and management decisions; streamline the ability to complete mitigation projects; ask for assistance in managing wetland easement lands under the U.S Fish and Wildlife

Ethanol: We continue to work with our Congressional delegation and NCGA for retention of the Renewable Fuel Standard program and the 15.0 billion gallon level for corn-based ethanol. The growth of ethanol is limited due to the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restriction on using E15 fuel during the summer. Expansion of the ethanol export market is key to reduce the pile of corn in the US. In North Dakota, approximately 40% of our corn is used for ethanol in our five plants in the state. Lastly, please join us on February 13th for the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo at the FargoDome. We look forward to the event and hope you can join us. See you in February!



Scott German Chairman North Dakota Corn Utilization Council

When it comes to planting my corn, I like my soil black. I like to do fall tillage and spray weeds in the summer. I deep till my residue into the soil after harvest, and repeat. I have been following the same routine for the last twenty years. That’s the way Dad did it so it has to be right! Over the last five to ten years, I have noticed a lot of my fields have areas where nothing was growing. Although last year was an exception, the last 15-20 years have been on the wet side in the greater suburbs of Oakes, ND. Saline and alkali were becoming a problem and the area with no growth was increasing. Soil salinity is becoming a large issue due to a lack of plant growth taking the water and salts out the soil, and as water was evaporating, salts were rising to the surface. In these saline parts of my fields the only thing growing was kochia and all of its friends. I was starting to think that these areas of my fields might be broken and my current practices weren’t doing anything to improve the field. The area around Oakes is unique in that on one side of the James River is heavy, clay soil, while on the other side is a very sandy high water table sand. This sandy soil has very low organic matter (less than 1-2%) and definitely creates some challenges in the spring to keep it from blowing. Most of the heavy soil I farm is blessed with Fish and Wildlife easements which prevent me from tiling. As both of these situations create a different challenge, there may be one common solution.


I knew of a few farmers in my area that were having pretty good luck with reduced tillage and cover crops. These farmers were starting to see new growth in a few of their problem fields. I was ready to learn more. I went to a North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Field Day at Joe Breker’s farm in Rutland, ND. Joe has been doing no-till and cover crops for thirty years. What I saw that day made me rethink my current farming practices and consider cover crops and some reduced tillage. I met NDSU Extension Soil Specialist, Dr. Abbey Wick. I attended one of Abbey’s café talks in a nearby community and I enjoyed discussions with farmers on what worked and what didn’t in their fields. Abbey persuaded me to plant barley in my high saline areas. Additionally, I needed large deep roots to drive the salts deeper into the soil so I planted turnips and radishes. I also had rye flown onto my soybean field two weeks before harvest. Rye will over-winter and help with wind erosion. If you have problem areas in your fields and are considering cover crops as a way to manage these areas, I encourage you to attend one of Abbey’s Café Talks taking place in January and February. To see the Café Talk schedule visit, or find it on page 17 of this newsletter. I also encourage you to attend the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo on February 13 at the Fargodome. Abbey will moderate a panel about how to get started in soil health, what works, and what doesn’t in cover crop systems. I am not alone. My crop duster told me that he had flown on about 8,000 acres of cover crops in 2017, an increase of about 400% in the last four years. Farmers are seeing the benefits and are willing to try cover crops. I am not ready to plant cover crops on all of my fields nor go completely no till. However, I am listening, learning and willing to try anything on field areas that have seen no growth. I know that this is not a one-year fix. Repairing my broken soil may take decades, but why not try cover crops for weed control and their erosion benefits? My rye, turnips and radishes all came up. It was nice to see green on my black (white) soil.

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MAXIMIZING SOIL WARMING AND HEALTH UNDER DIFFERENT TILLAGE PRACTICES IN A CORN-SOYBEAN ROTATION DR. AARON DAIGH AND DR. ABBEY WICK, NDSU SOIL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, JODI DEJONG-HUGHES, UMN EXTENSION There are many advantages of reducing soil tillage for building soil health. However, reducing tillage creates concerns of yield reductions due to cool and wet soils in the poorly-drained landscape that dominates much of North Dakota and the Red River Valley. The objective of this study is to: 1. monitor soil warming, water contents, and thermal properties under chisel plow, vertical tillage, strip till with shank, and strip till with coulters on various soil series with subsurface drainage or natural drainage, 2. evaluate soil health and crop emergence and yields, and 3. transfer information to producers through field days, videos, etc. This is a multi-state effort, involving North Dakota and Minnesota. 2017 was year three of a six year field study. Four on-farm locations are under a corn-soybean rotation

and rotate each year. At each location, the four tillage practices are demonstrated using full-sized equipment in plots of 40 feet wide by approximately 1,800 feet long in a replicated design. Soil series evaluated are Fargo silty clay, Lakepark clay loam, Barnes-Buse loams, Delamere fine sandy loam, and Wyndmere fine sandy loam. These soil series cover over 67 million acres of prime farmland in the Northern Great Plains regions. Soil monitoring for soil temperature and moisture were performed throughout the entire year. Soil microbial communities, their biological activities, crop growth stages, and soil chemical properties were performed throughout 2017 growing season. During 2017, plots were planted to either soybean or corn. Crop residue coverage, timing of emergence, plant height and populations as well as final yields were measured. A tillage expo was held September 6th, 2017 at one of the tillage sites with results presented to stakeholders. The PI’s DeJong-Hughes and Daigh published an Upper Midwest Tillage Guide in 2017, which is now available to the public. Results were also provided over 20 times in multiple outlets including journal articles, conference presentations, local magazine articles, blogs, websites, videos, radio interview, and field days and workshops. Three extension videos that were made in 2015 are available on the NDSU Soil Health YouTube channel. The videos have been viewed over 8,000 times from audiences around the world.

Aaron Daigh discusses a soil sample during a field day.

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Soil samples collected to determine biological activities are currently being analyzed in the laboratory. Crop residue cover, crop populations, yields, yield patchiness, soil temperatures and water contents, soil physical and chemical properties, and soil microbial community structures measured during the 2017 growing season are currently being statistically analyzed.


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CORN HYBRID TESTING PROGRAM JOEL RANSOM AND DARIN EISINGER, NDSU PLANT SCIENCE DEPARTMENT Corn yield averaged 134 bu per acre for the state in 2017, down significantly from the record high yields of 158 bu/ac achieved in 2016. Drought stress was the main constraint to corn production in most of the state. Stored soil moisture was used throughout the season, as rainfall rarely matched corn water use in any given week during the season. Though the NDSU Extension hybrid testing program is located in the eastern portion of the state where drought stress was less pronounced, it still impacted performance of hybrids in some of the testing locations. Unfortunately, trials in Ramsey and Nelson counties had to be excluded from the analysis due to the very high variability induced by drought stress. In addition, the Cass County trial was included in the results, but excluded from the combined analysis for variability due to unknown reasons. The number of hybrids tested were up slightly from last year with 59, 70 and 65 GMO hybrids and 12, 22, and 18 conventional hybrids tested in zones 1, 2 and 3 respectively. These hybrids were provided by 20 different seed companies. Hybrid trials were planted in ten locations across three maturity zones. Three trials were planted in each of the zones, except for the northern zone where four trials were planted. The results of these trials are further divided into early and late groupings so that the performance of a hybrid within a zone can be better compared with hybrids

of similar relative maturities. The data can be viewed at the NDSU Corn Hybrid Testing website: edu/cornhybridtesting where there is also an option for downloading an Excel file with all of the test results. Conventional hybrids were included with GMO hybrids in one location of each zone allowing for the head-to-head comparisons of conventional hybrids with GMO hybrids of similar maturity. Surprisingly, average yields were similar or down only slightly compared to average yields of similar trials conducted in 2016 and were higher in 2017 than in 2016 for the central zone (Table 1). Given the limited rainfall received in most of these trial sites, these yields were impressive and demonstrate the value of stored soil moisture in dry years. There was not clear trend for the performance of conventional hybrids when compared to those with transgenic traits, similar to what we found last year. Some of the highest yielding hybrids were conventional hybrids in some of the trials. Similarly, conventional hybrids were occasionally the lowest ranking for yield in a trial. Lodging scores obtained during harvest were included in the results for each zone this year. Though lodging was not widespread in all locations, it was significant for


Table 1. Average and range of yields for each of the zones comprising the corn hybrid testing program for eastern North Dakota in 2017 compared to 2016 (excluding conventional hybrids that were tested at only one location in each zone). 2017 Test location

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 some hybrids in some locations. The greater frequency of lodging this year could be related to the greater drought stress during grain filling that impacted stalk strength, as it is common for carbohydrates from the stalk to be moved to the ear when photosynthesis is inadequate to meet the demands of the developing ear. We also noted Goss’s wilt in a few plots at three locations, all in the central zone. Hybrids that showed susceptibility to Goss’s wilt were noted in the summary tables even if it showed up in only a single plot. The incidence of Goss’s wilt was unexpected because these trial sites had not previously been planted to corn. Clearly, the inoculum for this disease is able to be moved by infected residues carried by the wind, in some cases from considerable distance. Generally, the disease did not spread extensively, but earlier season infections (July/August) resulted in considerable yield loss, while later infections appeared to have no effect on yield.

performance of a hybrid this year will not guarantee how it will perform next year, multi-locational trial data greatly improves your chances of selecting a superior performing hybrid. You can have even more confidence in a hybrid that had relatively high yield across years, as some hybrids listed were entered two years in a row. Stability of performance over locations and years is usually a good indication of stress tolerance and the hybrid’s potential to do relatively well in coming seasons, across a range of environmental challenges. In addition to grain yield, consider Goss’s wilt resistance (in most cases you will have to rely on data provided by the seed company, as NDSU does not currently screen hybrids for this trait) and susceptibility to lodging. Also take a look at grain moisture to make sure that the hybrid of interest has moisture levels similar to other hybrids with a similar relative maturity rating. Though conditions were favorable this fall for field grain drying this year, the need for artificial drying can certainly impact the profitability of a crop.

The results from these trials can be a very valuable tool in selecting hybrids that can improve the profitability of your farm. These trials clearly demonstrate the difference in the yield potential of hybrids that are currently available and adapted to your corn growing region. Though the relative

We gratefully acknowledge the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council for their financial assistance in funding a portion of this position. We also acknowledge the seed companies that enter hybrids each year and whose entry fees make conducting this research possible.

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IT'S ELECTION TIME FOR THE NORTH DAKOTA CORN COUNCIL! County extension agents are required to publish notice of the election meetings in the official newspaper of the county for two consecutive weeks. Any producer who resides in the county who did not request a refund during the preceding year may vote in the election.

In 2018, the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) will be seeking corn farmers to serve as a member of the Council representing Districts 3 and 4, as well as county corn representatives in each of the counties in these districts. Members of the Council serve the corn farmers of North Dakota by influencing how checkoff dollars are invested.

These election meetings are currently being planned for District 3 and District 4. Meeting information is as follows:

District 3 includes Divide, Williams, Burke, Mountrail, Renville, Ward, Bottineau, McHenry, Rolette, Pierce, Towner, Benson, Cavalier, Ramsey, Pembina, Walsh, Nelson and Grand Forks counties.

District 3: March 19 at 11 AM in Rugby District 4: March 20 at 11 AM in Carrington Once elected as a county corn representative, these representatives shall elect one among themselves to serve as the council member from that district for a term of 4 years. These representatives can serve up to 2 terms on the NDCUC.

District 4 includes Eddy, Foster, Stutsman, Griggs and Barnes counties. To serve as a member of the Council, farmers must first be elected to serve as a county corn representative in the county they reside. The county corn representatives are nominated and voted on by farmers during county election meetings, which are conducted by county extension agents.

Contact your county extension agent for more information if interested in serving as a county corn representative.

Introduction to Corn Marketing February 20-21, 2018, NDSU Barry Hall 811 2nd Ave N, Fargo

Dr. Bill Wilson and Dr. Frayne Olson will give an introduction to corn marketing covering subjects such as live trading, basic hedging, contract varieties, transportation and logistics, options and a 2018 market update.

Lunch will be provided No registration fee Pre-registration required!

Contact Katelyn to reserve your seat: call (701) 566-9322 or email


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THE SERVICE CULTURE Seth Hanson CPS Agronomist Dyna-Gro Seed Growing up my family's farm I learned the importance of the relationship a producer has with their input supplier and their trusted ag advisor. In the best circumstances those titles belong to the same person. This partnership is something I have seen benefit our farm throughout the years. Farming is simply too complex for any one farmer to do it alone. They need a support system that brings global knowledge and technology to their door but with local understanding of its application. The Crop Production Services team has many agronomic tools and products to help you monitor and evaluate your crops health and performance in the field throughout the growing season. The importance for producers to make well educated and time sensitive decisions for their operation has increased the need for a Precision Ag and Data Management. Echelon is a precision ag platform we have to offer producers, giving us the ability to do VRT Seed and Fertilizer Mapping, Satellite Imagery, along with Yield Mapping and Product Analysis Tools that will connect with most mapping software and application equipment you are currently operating. Echelon is also able to track weather events and growing degree units for each field along with an advanced nitrogen management tool. It also gives the producer and Crop Production Services’ representative a virtual scouting tool to identify problems and share information with also giving a reference for areas to be soil or tissue sampled. This leads me to our next service we have to offer with Nutriscription. Producers are always finding ways to increase yield while minimizing cost and getting the most return on their invested dollar, one way is through a sound fertility program. Nutriscription is a foliar tissue sample that gives you a snapshot of your crop at different growth stages during the season to validate your current fertility program, giving you the peace of mind that your yield potential is maximized and on track, or it alerts you of deficiencies of key nutrients before yield robbing symptoms can become

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visible in your crop. Nutriscription is a great service and tool we can use to allow producers to make well informed decisions. As a producer the options for chemical, seed, and fertilizer are almost overwhelming. Our focus at Crop Production Services is to sort through these options and make the best recommendation for you. Within our company we have the distinct advantage of our very own brands Loveland Products Inc. and Dyna-Gro Seed. Loveland Products Inc. is our proprietary crop protection, adjuvant, and nutritional company with many offerings above and below ground to protect your crops yield from diseases, insects, weeds, and nutrient deficiencies from the time of planting to harvest. Loveland Products has a focus currently on soil health and nutrient availability with the use of microorganisms, which this technology is evident in our Accomplish LM, Titan XC, Extract, and NexBlu products Loveland Products along with your Crop Production Services representative knowledge is a great way to manage yields and protect your Return on Investment. Also be sure to ask about out Good – Better – Best Programs so you can make the right decision for your acre. Crop Production Services also offers producers a proprietary seed brand with Dyna-Gro. Dyna-Gro Seed brand for Crop Production Services offers a full lineup of corn hybrids and soybean varieties, along with varieties of hard red spring wheat and winter wheat, alfalfa, canola, sunflowers, sorghum, and is supplier of the Maribo sugarbeets brand. Dyna-Gro products are tested in University and 3rd Party Trials around our area and also internally with local strip trials and side by side comparisons using Echelon. Dyna-Gro Varieties can be planted on your farm with the confidence of knowing you have Crop Production Services support and knowledge from the day you make the order to harvest. Crop Production Services and it representatives, along with Loveland Products Inc. and Dyna-Gro Seed has developed a culture of providing the very best in technologies, varieties, and services with the end focus of maximizing your acres potential to produce yield and profits for your operation. If you have any questions please contact your local Crop Production Services Representative and we will be glad to assist you.


NDCGA MEMBERS SELECTED TO NATIONAL ROLES The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) recently announced its slate of farmer leaders who will serve the industry as members of action teams and committees in the fiscal year 2018, which began October 1. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) representatives selected to have key roles in developing national corn strategies using North Dakota input are: • Carson Klosterman, NDCGA president from Wyndmere, has been appointed to the Stewardship Action Team • Larry Hoffmann, NDCGA board member from Wheatland, has been appointed to the NCGA Corn Productivity Action Team • Randy Melvin, NDCGA vice president from Buffalo, has been appointed as the vice chairman to the NCGA Risk Management Action Team


• Paul Thomas, NDCGA secretary from Velva, has been appointed to the NCGA Ethanol Action Team • Clark Price, NDCGA board member from Hensler, has been appointed to the NCGA Feed, Food and Industrial Action Team • NDCGA Executive Director Dale Ihry, has been appointed to serve on the NCGA Risk Management Action Team NDCGA board member and NCGA board member, Kevin Skunes, from Arthur, was elected by NCGA to serve as president of NCGA for the 2018 fiscal year. These North Dakota representatives and the other corn member volunteers will actively shape the future of the corn industry by guiding programs and carrying out the policies and priorities that guide NCGA. The action teams and committees held their first set of meetings in December.

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2018 Tentative Agenda

FargoDome 1800 N University Drive Fargo, ND 58102

February 13, 2018 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration and Buffet Breakfast — Lobby Trade Show opens — Concourse

Breakout sessions (see chart below)

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks Expo Co-chairs Matt Gast and Ryan Wanzek

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Rooms 201-204 Mega Trends in Agriculture Dr. Jay Lehr Science Director, the Heartland Institute

Lunch — Concourse Trade Show open — Concourse

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Breakout sessions (see chart below)

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout sessions (see chart below)

Jay Lehr is a global futurist, PRO-Agriculture independent scholar and author of 35 books on subjects such as water supply and the environment. Dr. Lehr will reveal the biggest boons in agriculture from anonymous sharing of data to what seed and chemical companies have achieved and what they have planned for the future.

9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break, visit trade show — Concourse

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Rooms 201-204 What’s Driving Agriculture in the Year Ahead? Mike Pearson Farmer, banker and Market To Market television host Pearson will provide on outlook for farm markets and global trends impacting these markets.

Break, visit trade show — Concourse

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Breakout sessions (see chart below)

Breakout Sessions

Room 104

Theater Room

10:15 – 11:00

Soil Health Tips and Tricks Dr. Abbey Wick

Farm Bill Panel ND Congressional Delegation

The Role of Trade Management Agreements and Farm &Water Wetland Regulation Bill for Exports Kale Van Bruggen Dr. Saleem Shaik

11:15 – 12:00

The Scouting Report: Soybean Diseases Dr. Sam Markell

ND Corn Growers Association Annual Meeting

Livestock Development Water Management in North Dakota & Wetland Regulation Amber Boeshans Kale Van Bruggen

1:00 – 1:45

Essential Amino Acids Add to your Bottom Line Peter Mishek

ND Soybean Growers Association Annual Meeting

Rules of Engagement: Connecting without Teaching or Preaching Val Wagner

Corn Diseases in North Dakota Dr. Andrew Friskop

2:00 – 2:45

Soil Health Tips and Tricks Dr. Abbey Wick

Dicamba - Can We Use it Safely? Dr. Kirk Howatt and Dr. Rich Zollinger

Understanding Inversions and How NDAWN Detects Them Daryl Ritchison

Corn and Soybean Insect Pests on the Rise for 2018 Dr. Janet Knodel

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Room 103


CHOOSING CORN IS NO EASY TASK knowing what will work for our region’s farmers. Mike Larson Sales Manager Peterson Farms Seed

We’ve gotten many questions over the years on how exactly we choose what to offer in our corn lineup each season. The decision and process to choose hybrids each year is a combination of deep technical knowledge, repetition of trials over and over again, and also a bit of the ‘art’ of

As is at the base of any selection specialty, it’s always best to start with a solid foundation of deep technical knowledge on the subject: ours being corn. One could say that I eat, breathe and sleep corn - which is maybe why I’ve been affectionately dubbed ‘The Corn Whisperer’ by people at the office. Beyond being insatiably curious about how corn hybrids can keep improving, my passion for selecting the corn hybrids that make the cut into our lineup comes straight


Mike Larson, also known as "The Corn Whisperer," is the Sales Manager at Peterson Farms Seed.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 from the farmer’s trust he places in us. They are choosing to trust my team’s recommendations and I take that very seriously. ‘Sell no seed we wouldn’t plant on our own farm’ is a phrase I keep in mind when deciding which hybrids make the cut. Deep technical knowledge helps us look through a long set characteristics of our potential hybrids to find which will suit our region’s growers the best. Seedling vigor, ear length, dry down, drought tolerance, Goss’s Wilt, stalk rating and Northern Leaf Blight among many others are all evaluated before we make our recommendations. Using those evaluations, there are seven key things we demand from our potential corn hybrids. For a hybrid to make our product guide it needs to have the ability to: 1. Establish a stand in the spring. 2. Handle our rugged environment throughout the growing season. 3. Handle the different soil types across our foot print. 4. Stand until the combine gets there. 5. Have heavy test weight.

team. Sure, the games on tv are what is seen by the public and fun to watch, but it’s the hard work behind the scenes in the off-season, such as recruiting players, evaluating last year’s performance, and improving the strength of the team where the real work lies. For us, that ‘off-season’ is the countless hours we spend in the winter pouring over the mountains of data we receive throughout the summer and fall that makes our ‘in-season’ product successful. We have been very fortunate to have established a strong relationship with corn breeders and technical reps across the industry to guide us along the way for product selection. Because we are independent, our team meets with our multiple genetic suppliers throughout the year to share as much information as possible before we make the final decision on product. With each mile that turns over on my pickup traveling around the region during the growing season, I hope to find the ‘next big thing’ when it comes to our corn lineup. Have we been wrong before when choosing a hybrid? Sure! With the tough farm economy it’s tough to make sure we’re balancing value with affordability while still keeping our quality standards at the height they are. Thankfully, one wrong hybrid does not mean our year’s offerings were a failure. But for every failure, there are multiple successful hybrid selections that make all the hard work and tough decisions worth it.

6. Dry down. 7. Have excellent yields. Some may look at that list and assume that’s a quick and easy process to check those characteristics and mark it on a chart, as if taking a quick inventory. But what is not seen is the multitude of repetition found in our research trials. Replanting the same trials over and over and over again is a key point when making sure our corn lineup is as sound as possible. After harvest has taken place, the work then turns to data. The few short months that the corn spends growing, standing and maturing in our test plots might seem like the only time we put in work to evaluate each hybrid against our rigorous standards, but that’s not the case. I would compare our year to a season of your favorite football

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Tom Sleight President and CEO U.S. Grains Council

There is no doubt the United States has an abundant supply of coarse grains and co-products available to meet the demands of a growing global middle class and world population. Production and price are critical building blocks to the distribution of these resources, cemented together with a mortar of market development efforts and trade agreements. And this is where the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) works. Globally, the Council works with local governments, businesses and leaders to reduce or eliminate complex market access barriers and regulatory constraints confronting U.S. feed grains and co-products as well build this access into market opportunities. The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) is an important partner in this effort. The NDCUC has contributed to the Council to support programming and actively participates in the Council’s Advisory Teams (A-teams) to discuss the latest issues and guide Council strategy. NDCUC is represented on the Asia Programs, Trade Policy, Western Hemisphere and Ethanol A-teams. The combination of strategy and effective programming by the Council and our members equals great success with exports. To illustrate, Mexico is now the largest export market for U.S. corn, thanks to the favorable terms for agricultural trade in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Council’s work, supported by members like the NDCUC, to capitalize on this market access with decades of efforts to capture and build new


demand. Mexico purchased 547.2 million bushels of corn worth $2.5 billion last marketing year, setting a new record, in addition to 22.4 million bushels of sorghum and more distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and malting barley than any other country in the world. The Council also participates in trade policy negotiations to identify and minimize barriers to U.S. feed grains exports, expanding access for U.S. grain products. In Colombia, the implementation of a free trade agreement in 2012, combined with attractive pricing and robust trade servicing from USGC, helped U.S. farmers win back significant market share lost to Colombia’s trading partners in Mercosur, a South American trade agreement. Since that trade agreement entered into force, U.S. corn exports to Colombia have set a new record every subsequent year, reaching 186 million bushels in 2016/2017. Even with such agreements in place, however, the Council must work on behalf of U.S. agriculture with the U.S. Trade Representative and domestic partners to settle trade disputes and resolve barriers that can arise. For example, the Council played a key role working with U.S. and Vietnamese government officials and agribusinesses to lift a suspension of U.S. DDGS imports instituted in October 2016, with containers of U.S. DDGS arriving on Vietnamese shores in mid-November. This trade policy work opens the door for market development activities to capture demand through providing customers better information, offering expertise, helping with demonstration projects like feeding trials and many other activities. For example, the Council is exploring the geographic advantage of trains and truck carrying U.S. feed grains and co-products north to Canadian feedlots by visiting with cattle feeders, feed manufacturers and rail facilities to find the best opportunities to expand inclusion rates in local rations. Canada imported 26.4 million bushels of U.S. corn in 2016/2017 as well as 735,000 tons of U.S. DDGS, a 13 percent increase year-over-year.


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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 A diverse membership of farmers and agribusiness representatives provide critical support for this work. These active participants in Council programs help identify issues, provide critical information and implement solutions. In this way, the Council serves a role as conduit between U.S. grain producers and exporters and the U.S. government as well as overseas regulators and industry participants. Through this successful collaboration, the Council builds alliances and allows trade to work to benefit of agriculture – and ultimately consumers – around the world. The trade teams and overseas missions the Council organizes each year demonstrate the importance of the entire value chain working together to build markets. Teams from across the globe travel to the United States to investigate crop production and quality as well as gain a better understanding of U.S. feed grains and co-products.

By visiting local farmers, elevators, ethanol plants, universities and transportation hubs, the teams observe firsthand the diverse dynamics of the U.S. grain value chain and take that knowledge back home, often resulting in sales after the trip. Following Export Exchange, a biannual conference hosted by the Council and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) that includes trade team tours before the meetings start, attendees reported sales of approximately 2.6 million metric tons of grains and co-products worth $460 million trade either at the conference or immediately before or after. Working with the full scope of trade policy, market access and market development issues is essential to both shortterm and long-term success for the U.S. grains industry. Win-win scenarios for U.S. farmers and industry and global buyers are built on strong trading relationships that benefit from advantageous trade policy, robust market development and a free flow of information between all involved.

Dried distiller's grains are unloaded at the Progresso Port in the Yucatan province of Mexico.

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ARTHUR, ND FARMER STARTS ROLE AS NCGA PRESIDENT that sometimes would have to walk for 4 hours to get fresh water for their families. We also have a sweet corn project at the Cass County Foods Resource Bank. Our farm raises an acre of sweet corn that we pick and deliver to the Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo. This fall we delivered 6,000 pounds of fresh sweet corn to be delivered across North Dakota. How did you first get involved with ND Corn and NCGA? I got involved with the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) in 2007 when I received a call from a retiring Council member. He asked if I would like to run for his spot for our district. I served two terms on the NDCUC and served as Chairman for three years. I was encouraged to take part in the Syngenta Leadership at its Best program organized by NCGA. I then became a member of the NCGA Ethanol Action Team. From there I participated in the Advanced Leadership at its Best, and was elected to a position on the NCGA Corn Board, finally running for the officer's team in 2016.

Kevin Skunes from Arthur, North Dakota started his year-long role as the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president on October 1, 2017. Kevin has served as a board member of the North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) since 2015 and was previously a North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) member. We interviewed Kevin to learn a bit more about him. Tell us about your family and farming operation: My wife, Betty and I farm near Arthur, ND with our sons. Betty and I have been married for 37 years and have three children: Brad, Caitlin, and Patrick (wife Chelsie) and three wonderful grandchildren, Blake, Abbi, and Hannah. I started farming with my dad and brother, until my dad retired and then my brother retired in 1994 for health reasons. Over the years we have gone from growing wheat, barley, sugar beets, sunflowers, soybeans, and some corn, to growing only corn and soybeans. We split the acres in about half depending on the year and field rotations. What other organizations are you involved with? I am very involved with my church and a few charities we participate in. For one project we fill backpacks with school supplies and deliver them to the Spirit Lake Ministry Center. The charity work I am most proud of is a growing project for the Foods Resource Bank. This is a community project where farmers can donate crops to be sold at an elevator. For the last six years, these proceeds have funded a fresh water well project in Nicaragua for communities


What would you consider the top achievements of ND Corn and NCGA in the past few years? I think getting the National Ag Genotyping Center started was a great achievement for NCGA and having it placed in North Dakota was good for ND Corn. We haven't crossed the finish line yet, but both NCGA and ND Corn have several ethanol related issues currently in the works, with ethanol being a top priority of both groups. The biotechnology labeling law was also very important. What are some priorities for these organizations in the next 3 years? Our priorities include completing a farm bill in time and creating profitable demand for our ever-growing pile of corn. We can contribute to this demand through more exports of corn and corn products, such as ethanol. What would you tell someone that is considering a board position for ND Corn or NCGA? I truly believe that if you want to affect a change, you can do it with your own voice and vote. You should not depend on someone else to advocate for what you believe in, let your voice be heard!

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January 9 (11:30 – 1:30): Lisbon, ND

Pizza Ranch (520 Main St; 701-683-4017) Share ideas with Abbey Wick, Mary Berg and Miranda Meehan about reducing tillage, cover crops, livestock and manure mgt

January 10 (11:30 – 1:30): Rutland, ND

Soil Health Café Talks


Lariat Bar and Grill (103 1 St N; 701-724-3610) Talk about ways to reduce tillage, incorporate cover crops and manage salinity with Abbey Wick


January 11 (11:30 – 1:30): Jamestown, ND st

Knights of Columbus (519 1 Ave S; 701-252-6069) Talk about soil fertility, health, tree rows, controlling erosion and salinity mgt with Abbey Wick, Dave Franzen and Joe Zeleznik

January 16 (11:30 – 1:30): McVille, ND

McVille Restaurant (205 Main St; 701-322-5100) Get tips on cover crops from species selection, fitting them into rotation and grazing from Abbey Wick, Miranda Meehan and Kevin Sedivec

January 23 (11:30 – 1:30): Lamoure, ND st

Klein’s Grill (100 1 Ave NW; 701-883-5320) Get tips on cover crops from species selection, fitting into rotation and grazing from Abbey Wick, Miranda Meehan and Kevin Sedivec

January 25 (11:30 – 1:30): Jamestown, ND st

Knights of Columbus (519 1 Ave S; 701-252-6069) There is more to including cover crops than just picking what to go into the mix. Join Abbey Wick and Kevin Sedivec as we share ideas on what’s working for farmers

Abbey Wick

Extension Soil Health Specialist Web: Twitter: @NDSUsoilhealth Cell: 701-850-6458

No pre-registration required, just come and go as you please. Lunch will be provided at all café talks.

January 29 (11:30 – 1:30): Park River, ND

Alexander House (903 Park St W; 701-284-7141) Join Abbey Wick and Dave Franzen as we share ideas on how to get the most out of cover crops and fertility along with salinity mgt

January 30 (11:30 – 1:30): Lisbon, ND

Pizza Ranch (520 Main St; 701-683-4017) Join Abbey Wick and Dave Franzen as we share ideas on how to get the most out of cover crops and fertility along with salinity mgt

February 20 (11:30 – 1:30): McVille, ND

McVille Restaurant (205 Main St; 701-322-5100) Join Abbey Wick and Marisol Berti to learn more about making cover crops work for your system and salinity mgt

February 22 (11:30 – 1:30): Lamoure, ND st

Klein’s Grill (100 1 Ave NW; 701-883-5320) Join Abbey Wick and Marisol Berti to learn more about making cover crops work for your system and salinity mgt

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The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) is seeking businesses to advertise in our 2018 newsletters. The CornTalk newsletter is produced quarterly and full of information that corn growers want and need. This costfree newsletter is sent to over 14,000 readers and also available online.

The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act was recently passed by Congress and enacted into law by President Trump. Most of the individual provisions take effect in 2018 and expire after 2025. During the legislative process, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) commissioned a national agriculture CPA firm to study the tax law. They concluded that the legislation is “generally positive for corn growers.” NCGA will continue monitoring the bill which includes the sunsetting of beneficial provisions after 2025, including the new deduction for pass-through income, lower individual rates and the increase in the estate tax exemption. The sunset provisions may be extended at some point, but until completed, the tax policy may contribute to uncertainty for long term tax planning. NCGA will also be monitoring the potential increase in budget deficits and effects on other programs that are subject to discretionary spending. Programs that we cherish in agriculture like crop insurance, commodity and conservation programs may be asked again to take reductions.

Three advertising packages are available: Executive ($3,000), Principal ($2,000), and Core ($1,500) levels. All packages include recognition in each issue and on our website, advertisements and articles in issues of your choice. Those advertising in the newsletter will also receive each issue by mail. Full benefits of each package are below. Businesses interested in advertising in CornTalk can contact Katelyn at Don’t miss your opportunity to appear in the North Dakota Corn Growers Association’s newsletter!

Our best advice is to take time to review the tax bill and the changes with your tax expert to ensure all provisions that can be of benefit to you and your family are utilized.


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PHOTO ENTRIES REQUESTED BY JANUARY 12TH We are now accepting entries for the 2018 ND Corn Photo Contest! Although not required, we request photos be taken by camera with a high resolution, rather than cell phones. Rules: • Photographs must be taken in North Dakota. • Photos must depict the corn industry. • Photographs must be taken by an amateur. Photographs must be emailed to by January 12, 2018. Please include your full name and phone number so we may contact you if you’re chosen a winner. Cash prizes will be awarded to the photos chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Right: Chris Erlandson from Oakes, ND took third place in the 2017 Photo Contest.

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EXPO SPEAKERS WILL EDUCATE AND INSPIRE ATTENDEES On February 13, 2018, the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and North Dakota Soybean Council will welcome Dr. Jay Lehr, Heartland Institute Science Director, and Mike Pearson, former “Market to Market” television host, as the keynote speakers at the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo. Both Dr. Jay Lehr and Mike Pearson are known for entertaining their audiences while presenting in an-easy to understand manner. The Expo will also include variety of breakout sessions. Find the full agenda on page 11 of this issue. Register to attend the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo now at!

DR. JAY LEHR For 23 years, Dr. Jay Lehr has served as the Science Director for the Heartland Institute, a national nonprofit research and education organization addressing a wide range of public policy issues including health care, budget and tax, education and environmental protection. Lehr will address where he sees the world of agriculture moving as well as issues like genetically modified crops, climate change, and global food supplies.

MIKE PEARSON Expo attendees will also hear from Mike Pearson, former host of the television show “Market to Market,” produced by Iowa Public Television. Pearson also produces a podcast, “Ag News Daily,” and raises livestock near Grinnell, Iowa. His presentation will focus on global market influences and will give a look ahead at the outlook for the farm markets – he will try to find some good news to deliver!

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NDCUC FUNDS RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR 2019 FISCAL YEAR The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) members approved funding for 20 research projects in the 2019 fiscal year at the Research Summit on December 5. These projects will be completed by researchers from North Dakota State University. The projects approved for funding are: • Managing Salinity with Cover Crops: A Whole Year Response, Caley Gasch • Corn Response to Sulfur Application Rates, Amitava Chatterjee • Soil and Water Management for Corn Production, Amitava Chatterjee • Can We Predict Corn Nitrogen Response using Dronebased Remote Sensing?, Amitava Chatterjee

• Value Added Antimicrobial Feed from Corn DDGs, Kalidas Shetty • Improving Salinity and Waterlogging Stress Resilience in Corn, Kalidas Shetty • Plant Available Nitrogen Mineralization from Mixed Species Crop Residues in Long-Term No-Till Corn Production Systems, Larry Cihacek • Corn Performance and Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Response to Sulfur and Nitrogen Fertilizer Levels and Their Interaction, Jasper Teboh • Using UASs for Site-Specific Weed Management in Corn, Paulo Flores • Development of Corn DDGS Based Composite Filament for 3-D Printers, Dilpreet Bajwa

• Biochar from Corn Stover and Wet Distiller Grains as a Soil Amendment and Odor Mitigation Means, Shafiqur Rahman

• All-Corn Plastic Resin for Traditional Molding and 3-D Printing, Long Jiang

• Resistance of Corn Varieties to Plant-parasitic Nematodes in North Dakota, Guiping Yan

• Developing a Farm Model to Conduct Policy Analysis for North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains, Saleem Shaik

• Technical Support for the Corn Hybrid Testing Program, Joel Ransom • Surveying and Managing Goss' Wilt in North Dakota, Andrew Friskop

The NDCUC awarded $484,666 to the projects listed above. We are proud to sponsor this research and bring advances in production, soil management and valueadded projects to our checkoff paying producers.

• European Corn Borer Trapping Network Outreach, Janet Knodel • Feasibility of Corn Enhancement Using Plant Growth Promoting Micro-organisms, Qi Zhang • Structuring of Corn Oil Using Monoglycerides and Phytosterols to Replace PHOs and Saturated Fats in Baked Products, Bingcan Chen • Maximizing Soil Warming and Health Under Different Tillage Practices in a Corn-Soybean Rotation, Aaron Daigh


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Save the Date! March 13-14, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn • Fargo, ND

Cover crop information from around the midwest will be presented and discussed when the Midwest Cover Crops Council meeting comes to Fargo. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how to integrate cover crops on your farm or to take your use of cover crops to the next level. Twitter Hashtag: #CoverFargo

Register online at under the events tab


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Abbey Wick

NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist • 701-850-6458.


FOREIGN CORN AND FEED BUYERS TOUR NORTH DAKOTA The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) is a member and sponsor of the US Grains Council (USGC). This membership and sponsorship allows the USGC to access funds from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service to help with export markets for corn and corn by-products. With this membership, NDCUC participates in various export market activities with USGC. One of those efforts was supporting an international trade and promotion mission. Seeing is often believing, which is why USGC brought corn and feed grain buyers from Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to the U.S. Corn Belt in September to talk firsthand with U.S. farmers and export suppliers. “These individuals represent the up-and-coming employees as managers or directors of the procurement departments of their companies,” said Ramy Hadj Taieb, USGC regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. “Bringing this team to the United States builds new and close relationships with these key corn importers as they become the leaders of their companies in future years to come.”

The grain procurement team traveled to North Dakota, Minnesota and Louisiana. As part of the tour, team members attended a grain procurement short course at the Northern Crops Institute in Fargo to further improve their grain buying and pricing skills. They also toured grain export facilities in New Orleans and met in Minneapolis with major U.S. corn export suppliers and farmers who produce the corn they purchase. While in North Dakota, the grain procurement team toured the NDSU Ag Research Farm, Maple River Grain and Tharaldson Ethanol, all in Casselton, with ND Corn board members Andy Braaten, Rob Hanson and Jason Rayner. The grain procurement team was very impressed with the quality of a corn sample that Andy Braaten brought from his farm, even stating that it was the best they had ever seen! The team was also impressed with the large equipment, grain handling techniques, precision agriculture, ethanol production and dried distillers grain output realized here in North Dakota.

The grain procurement team from the Middle East and North Africa toured the NDSU Ag Research Farm, Maple River Grain and Tharaldson Ethanol with ND Corn board members Jason Rayner, Rob Hanson and Andy Braaten.


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COMMONGROUND ND HOSTS MOVIE SCREENING CommonGround North Dakota hosted a free screening of the movie “Food Evolution” on November 7th at the Fargo Theatre. Approximately 130 people attended the event. Amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion, "Food Evolution", by Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film, narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. In the GMO debate, both pro and anti camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right? Food Evolution shows how easily misinformation, confusion and fear can overwhelm objective analysis. ’Food Evolution’ is targeted to consumers who have honest questions about their food and looking for answers,” says Val Wagner, CommonGround North Dakota Coordinator and farmer and rancher from Monango. “CommonGround North Dakota decided to host a screening of the documentary not only because of its scientific side, but also because it talks about how we can feed the world and still

be conservation minded and sustainable. It also answers a lot of questions surrounding social responsibility.” After the movie screening on November 7th, a panel of scientist and farmers were on hand at the Fargo Theatre to answer questions from the audience. Dr. Greg Lardy, Department Head of Animal Sciences and Professor at NDSU; Dr. Tom Peters, Extension Agronomist and Assistant Professor at NDSU; Teresa Dvorak, farmer, rancher, mother and ruminant nutrition specialist from Manning; and Sarah Lovas, farmer, mother-to-be and soil science specialist and agronomist from Hillsboro answered numerous questions for an hour. Val Wagner facilitated the panel. CommonGround North Dakota is a group of farmers working to bring clarity to discussions about food and farming. The program is about starting conversations between farmers who grow food and consumers who buy it. The conversations are based on personal experience as farmers, but also on science and research. The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council is one of various organizations that support the effort. Food Evolution is available to watch on iTunes, Amazon and Hulu.

IMPORTANT UPDATE! New address and phone as of January 1, 2018 4852 Rocking Horse Circle S., Fargo, ND 58104

(701) 566-9322

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RESPOND NOW TO THE CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE efforts to provide the world with food, fuel, feed and fiber. Every response matters."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began mailing the Census to the nation's producers in late November. Conducted once every five years, the census aims to get a complete and accurate picture of American agriculture. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers and many others to help make decisions in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development and more.

The census will be mailed in several phases through December. Farm operations of all sizes which produced and sold, or normally would have sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural product in 2017 are included in the census. The census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agriculture data for every state and county in the nation.

"The Census of Agriculture is USDA's largest data collection endeavor, providing some of the most widely used statistics in the industry," said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. "Collected in service to American agriculture since 1840, the census gives every producer the opportunity to be represented so that informed decisions can support their

NASS revised the census forms in an attempt to document changes and emerging trends in the industry. Changes include a question about military veteran status, expanded questions about food marketing practices, and questions about on-farm decision-making to help better capture the roles and contributions of beginning farmers, women farmers and others involved in running a farm enterprise. "Producers can respond to the census online or by mail. We highly recommend the updated online questionnaire. We heard what people wanted and we made responding to the census easier than ever," said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. "The online questionnaire now has timesaving features, such as automatic calculations, and the convenience of being accessible on mobile and desktop devices." The census response deadline is February 5, 2018. Responding to the Census of Agriculture is required by law under Title 7 USC 2204(g) Public Law 105-113. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential, to use the data only for statistical purposes, and only publish in aggregate form to prevent disclosing the identity of any individual producer or farm operation. NASS will release the results of the census in February 2019. For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture, visit or call (800) 727-9540.


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CORN ECONOMICS WORKSHOPS TO BE HELD In January and February, NDSU Extension will put on corn workshops in three locations around the state. The Corn Economics Workshops are a one-day program that will help farmer's make corn production and marketing decisions in 2018. The program will integrate production, logistics, economics and other risk considerations. The program is delivered by Frayne Olson, Crops Economist, and David Ripplinger, Bioenergy Specialist, NDSU Extension Service. Registration is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors pending.

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January 25, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Courthouse Meeting Room (basement), Devils Lake January 26, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. North Central Research Extension Center, Minot February 9, 2018, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Carrington Research Extension Center, Carrington For more information, contact David Ripplinger, Bioenergy Specialist at (701) 231-5265 or


Economic Contribution of Export Trade of Grain and Grain Products State of North Dakota

GRAIN EXPORTS OFFER $55.5 BILLION OUTPUT Exports of grain and grain products added $570.2 million in value IN to theECONOMIC North Dakota economy in 2015, according to an Informa Economics IEG study commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council.

Exports of U.S. feed grains and related products provide and meat production levels before accounting for losses in critical support across the U.S. economy, offering billions in linked industries. Contribution Export Trade of Grain and Grain Products economic Economic direct and indirect economic benefits of to farmers, Economic Contribution Results Informa Economics conducted the study, which examined rural communities and the nation as a whole. the economic contributions to each state and 52 • In 2015, North Dakota grain and grain product exports weredistricts valuedfrom at $355.2 million 15.5% of the State of North Dakota New research commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council congressional exports of corn, – barley, overall North Dakota grain and grain products production value.distiller’s dried grains with solubles (USGC) and the National Corn Growers Association sorghum, ethanol, (NCGA) quantified these benefits, showing that U.S. feed (DDGS), corn gluten feed and meal as well as the corn Exports ofgrain grain and grain products added $570.2 million in valueoftomeat the North economy in 2015, grain and products exports were worth $18.9 billion equivalent on the Dakota U.S. economy. • The economic “ripple effects” of study thesecommissioned grain and grainbyproducts exports supported: according to an Informa Economics IEG the U.S. Grains Council. in 2015 and supported $55.5 billion in economic output. o $570.2 million in economic output, The study extended analysis to determine the importance These exports were linked directly or indirectly to nearly of exports o $155.7 million in gross state product (GSP), andacross the broader U.S. economy. Total impact 262,000 jobs.Contribution Results Economic of grain and grain products exported in 2015 indirectly o 1,842 jobs in the state economy. • In 2015,grain North Dakota grain and grain product exports were valued at $355.2 million 15.5% the In North Dakota, and grain products exported supported more than 261,000 jobs across–the UnitedofStates overall North Dakota grain and grain products production value. were valued at $355.2 million – 15.5% of the overall and $21 billion in GDP. • For every $1 million in exports of barley, production value of these grain and grain products. The sorghum, corn, ethanol, residual milling products, and the corn numbers, these within results North showedDakota. every $1 • effects” The economic “rippleexports, effects”5.2 of these grain andBreaking grain supported: equivalent meat jobsmillion and $0.44 millionproducts ofdown GSPtheexports are supported “ripple of theseofexports supported $570.2 of grain exports generated supported an additional $2.19 o $570.2 million in economic output, in economic output, $155.7 million in gross state product o $155.7 million in gross state product (GSP), and in business sales. Every job directly created by the export of (GDP), and 1.842 jobs in the state economy. o 1,842 jobs in the state economy. grain and grain products supported an additional 4.7 jobs State of North Furthermore, if exports were halted, the analysis indicated in theDakota United States. every $1 jobs million exports sorghum, corn, ethanol, residual milling products, and the corn that •moreFor than 46,000 andin$2.6 billionofinbarley, GDP would 1 Provided by Select Grain and Grain Products Exports 2015 Economic equivalent ofatmeat exports, 5.2production jobs and $0.44 million of GSP are supported within North Dakota. be adversely impacted theContribution farm, ethanol


Gross State Product ($ millions)

Output ($ millions)

State Jobs of North Dakota

2015 Economic Contribution1 Provided by Select Grain and Grain Products Exports

Barley Commodity Corn Sorghum Barley Ethanol Corn Sorghum Residual Milling Ethanol Feed Products Residual Milling Corn Products Equivalent of Meat Feed Corn TotalEquivalent of Meat

139 Jobs 1,032 0 139 206 1,032



Gross State Product $78.55 ($ millions)

Output $258.81 ($ millions)

379 206

$10.59 $21.22 $78.55 $0.00 $38.98 $21.22

$34.88 $90.02 $258.81 $0.00 $165.36 $90.02

379 85

$38.98 $6.40

$165.36 $21.09

85 1,842

$155.7$6.40 million

$21.09 $570.2 million




Total 1,842 $155.7 million $570.2 million 1 Economic contribution is the summation of direct, indirect and induced impacts as defined on page 2. 1

Economic contribution is the summation of direct, indirect and induced impacts as defined on page 2.

Source: U.S. Grains Council, IMPLAN and Informa Economics IEG

Source: U.S. Grains Council, IMPLAN and Informa Economics IEG


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COUNTY CORN REPRESENTATIVES Corn Council District 1 County



Arnie Anderson

Corn Council District 5 District Rep. X

Corn Council District 2 County



Patrick Skunes


Jason Rayner


Steve Doeden

District Rep. x




Justin Halvorson


Terry Wehlander

Corn Council District 6 County



Scott German


Dennis Feiken



Randy Simon


Jordan Christman


Paul Smetana






Tony Pierce


Mike Muhs


Lance Hagen


BJ Wehrman


Robert Ferebee

Grand Forks

Greg Amundson


Alex Deis


Jason Schiele

Golden Valley

Steve Zook


Nevis Hoff


Cody VandenBurg


David Steffan


Darwyn Mayer


James Cusey




Dennis Erbele


Nick Schmaltz


Anthony Neu


Paul Becker


CJ Thorne




Paul Anderson




Riley Schriefer


Paul Belzer


Elwood Barth


Timothy Zikmund


Clark Price


Gary Neshem






Jarrod Becker

Corn Council District 4


Ryan Stroh


Duane Zent


Richard Lies






Jeff Enger


Bill Smith


David Swanson


Troy Haugen


Kevin Haas


x District Rep. x

Corn Council District 7

Corn Council District 3 County

District Rep.

District Rep.


District Rep.

District Rep.



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Acres Harvested - 3.3 million total

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NDCGA Board of Directors

District 1: Carson Klosterman, Wyndmere (President) District 1: Andrew Braaten, Barney District 2: Randy Melvin, Buffalo (Vice President) District 2: Tim Kozojed, Hillsboro District 3: Andrew Torkelson, Grafton District 3: Paul Thomas, Velva (Secretary/Treasurer) District 4: Robert Hanson, Wimbledon District 4: Ryan Wanzek, Jamestown District 5: Justin Halvorson, Sheldon District 5: Kyle Speich, Milnor District 6: Chris Erlandson, Oakes District 6: Bart Schott, Kulm District 7: Anthony Mock, Kintyre District 7: Clark Price, Hensler

ND Corn Utilization Council

District 1: Arnie Anderson, Hankinson District 2: Jason Rayner, Finley (Vice Chairman) District 3: Paul Belzer, Cando District 4: Dave Swanson, New Rockford District 5: Terry Wehlander, DeLamere (Secretary) District 6: Scott German, Oakes (Chairman) District 7: Robert Ferebee, Halliday

Director-at-large: Mike Clemens, Wimbledon Director-at-large: Jeff Enger, Marion Director-at-large: Kevin Skunes, Arthur Director-at-large: Larry Hoffmann, Wheatland

NDCGA Industry Directors

Vern Anderson: Livestock Consultant, Carrington Gary Geske: Latham Hi Tech Seeds, Enderlin Ray Kotchian: Prairieland Ag Inc., Fargo Tom Cook: Cargill, Wahpeton

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